My name is Kristina Youmaran, and I am a 1L at Mizzou Law. I am a Chicago native and die-hard Chicago sports fan (go Cubs!). In 2011, I graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Political Science and International Studies, along with a minor in Legal Studies. Upon graduation, I joined Teach for America and moved to Texas to teach in inner-city Houston. For my first year I taught 6-8th grade science, and for my second year I taught PreK-5th grade science, giving me a greater picture of how the impact of an early, successful education can help close the achievement gap in America. Although I had an amazing experience with Teach for America, my future always resided within the field of law.
When applying to law schools, Mizzou stood out the most to me because of how welcoming the admissions staff was before I visited campus. Once I stepped foot on campus, my decision to attend Mizzou became clear. In just a few short hours, I saw the collaborating and friendly interactions between students, and how open the staff was not only to current students, but also to prospective students.
Although I loved what I saw at Mizzou, I was still hesitant about living in Columbia. Up to attending Mizzou, I have only lived in large cities and didn't know what to expect from "small-town Columbia." I can now confidently say that I love Columbia and was surprised at how easy my transition was here. No matter where you go, there are always people willing to go the extra mile to help you at Mizzou. If you have any questions or just want to learn more about my experience here, please feel free to reach out to me!